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Methods

Impact monitoring and evaluation
evaplan staff has extensive experience in undertaking programme and project reviews for a variety of bi- and multi-lateral agencies or to participate in reviewing entire health sectors. evaplan is also supporting the establishment of result-based monitoring systems for projects and programmes in various countries such as Yemen and Tanzania.

Strategy & concept papers
Over recent years evaplan has developed a number of strategy documents and concept papers for bi- and multi-lateral agencies.These have included a review of the effects of climate change on public health in the South, on issues around health and nutrition, on the effects that Global Health Initiatives are having on health systems, upon the future human resources strategies that the German Development Cooperation could pursue and on how to go about gender-mainstreaming. In particular, several key documents have been produced in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights, on promoting the integration of SRHR and HIV, on gender based violence, the trafficking of human beings and the commercial sexual exploitation of minors.

Capacity development
Together with our associates at the Institute of Public Health, University Hospital/Heidelberg, evaplan staff has been involved in the development of a number of the following portfolio of short courses in the area of International Health (1). Furthermore, we contribute regularly to teaching the courses. evaplan has developed tailor-made curricula that use methodologies of face-to-face, blended and online learning for commissioning agencies or in partnership with academic institutions around the world.

evaplan, alongside its consortial partner system worx was one of the organisations to train the consulting market in the new comprehensive GIZ management tool ” Capacity WORKS”.

Finally, evaplan has elaborated a range of documents and guidelines such as Indicators for Health District Management, Methods, Techniques and Tools for Evaluation, Good Practice Documentation, Tools and Guidelines for Planning National HIV/AIDS programmes.

Operational research
A key area of evaplan‘s methodological competence is in the field of operational research. Recent examples include case studies undertaken for the World Health Organization to explore the extent that HIV & AIDS programmes are integrated in health systems in a cross section of countries across the Middle East and Northern African region, a mapping exercise of the availability of human resources in health facilities in the Southern Zone of Tanzania undertaken for GIZ, and in the area of sexual and reproductive health baseline and impact studies in Morocco and Yemen on knowledge, attitudes and practice of young people regarding sexual and reproductive health.

Documentation of “good practice” & knowledge management
evaplan has a wealth of experience in the documentation of promising or “good” practices for purposes of experience sharing, knowledte management and public relations. This facilitates replicability or adaptation of transfer of concepts and practice in other settings. A prominent example of evaplan‘s work in the area of good practices comprises a report on the results of the implementation of the German HIV/AIDS Action Plan commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Health.

Arranging & accompanying technical study tours
evaplan arranges study tours for health care managers and decision makers from partner countries. Programmes to date have been thematically focused upon mechanism and institutions of social health protection, as well as features of the German health system including the setting and implementation of standards and procedures and quality assurance management. Diverse forms of institutionalization and the interplay of legislation and self-administration have been of particular interest.

Study tours were implemented for high-ranking delegations from Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan on behalf of GIZ. These were followed up by a regional symposium in Central Asia whose aim was to develop an understanding of key elements of quality improvement framework, and the roles and responsibilities of different actors to make these frameworks work. Also further opportunities for quality improvement in maternal health in participants‘ respective countries as well as through collaboration of countries were identified.

On behalf of Capacity Building International, Germany (InWEnt/now GIZ) study tours have been arranged for international delegates to deepen their knowledge around quality management and health financing topics in Vietnam and Cambodia as well as in Tanzania and Kenya.